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Experience:  Certified on Onan and Generac generators
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My Owens generator was turning over then stopped now won't

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my Owens generator was turning over then stopped now won't crank
JA: What's the make and model of the generator? And can you guesstimate how old it is?
Customer: It's a 1978 it's in my motor home
JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?
Customer: If I can yeah
JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?
Customer: No that's it i would start every week and let it run, last time I tried it cranked then stopped now won't crank
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Small Engine
Expert:  Hank F. replied 1 year ago.

Check the fuse and make sure it is not blown.

If that is not it, what is the model number?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
4.offa 1r/16004d
Serial number a863972787
Expert:  Hank F. replied 1 year ago.

There is no model 4.0FFA.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
4.0BFA 1R/16004D
SERAIL# *****
Expert:  Hank F. replied 1 year ago.

Ah, ok. I suspected it would be BFA, but there are so many similar-named models that I had to be sure.

The first thing you need to check are the 2 fuses on the front control panel. Make sure neither one of them are blown, particularly the F1 fuse. Do not rely on a visual inspection - use an ohmmeter or continuity tester to actually test them.

If the fuses are good, test to make sure you have good 12V to the large post of the starter solenoid inside the control box.

If you do not, you have a battery or battery cable issue.

If this does not find the problem, let me know.

Expert:  Hank F. replied 1 year ago.

Did this find the problem?